About Strategic Facilitators
Strategic Facilitators is a facilitation firm with over 20 years experience designing and delivering engaging, insightful and results-focused workshops.
At Strategic Facilitators, we are about more than just expert workshop facilitation. With well over 1000 board and executive team workshops, conferences, meetings and retreats under their belt, our team of professional facilitators help our clients with every aspect of their strategy and planning efforts, from facilitating board and executive team strategy workshops to designing and delivering an end-to-end strategy process.
We help clients make sense of what’s happening in their industries and their organisations. We work with them to create distinctive purposes and galvanizing aspirations. We frame strategic questions for them to answer like where and how they are going to compete and what capabilities they need to build. And we help them to build plans specifying their strategic objectives, priority initiatives and success measures.
Our distinctive facilitation approach combines fact-based, inclusive decision-making with high levels of participant engagement to challenge, energise and align your team.
Why choose Strategic Facilitators?
At Strategic Facilitators we employ our distinctive ideas and processes, and our absolute commitment to delivery, to help clients we care about pursue their inspiring missions.
We are excited to be involved in creating outcomes that truly make a difference to our clients.
Our extensive internal knowledge resources (built up from years of real-time experience) is reinforced with our passion for keeping abreast of new thinking. We share this knowledge to assist you in creating real and lasting change.
We are not just time keepers and we don’t just guide discussions. Our staff are all strategy consultants with years of experience, breadth of talent, and proven methods. We work with you to steer your thinking and ensure your best path forward is discovered.
Our deep preparation and commitment to our clients – combined with our passion, ideas and experience – means we are the best choice, no regrets move, for a facilitation partner.
And we have the results to prove it!
Ten reasons to use an external facilitator
We often get asked why an external facilitator is essential and what talents and expertise they bring to the table. In many situations there may be an assumption that executives can both orchestrate AND participate in a workshop, but our experience tells us that this is difficult to achieve. So in answer to this conundrum we have put together our top ten list of reasons to use an external facilitator.
The right preparation
Good preparation is one of the keys to successful workshops, and we save you time by doing most of the preparation for you. It takes at least a full day to prepare for a single-day workshop, and busy executives often do not have the capacity to commit this sort of time.
Expert facilitators have deep experience constructing agendas which ensure that sessions flow, that each session builds on the last, and that the overall structure will result in you achieving your objectives.
Our facilitators are experts in strategy and planning disciplines. We will bring to your workshop new thinking and best-practice strategy frameworks to help guide conversations.
An external workshop facilitator brings an independent perspective which allows them to better resolve alternative viewpoints among workshop members and keep meetings on track.
Attention to detail
We pay attention to the small details that often get overlooked. We can coordinate materials, projector, whiteboard, and discussion templates as well as bringing along props to create more engaging and effective group sessions.
Most people find it almost impossible to guide a discussion, record key points and make a meaningful contribution. Hiring an external facilitator for meetings and workshops means you can be fully engaged in discussions rather than focused on the process and documenting discussions.
Managing meeting dynamics can be difficult, especially when you know the people in the room. Keeping a meeting on track and managing conflict is core to producing useful outcomes, and so our facilitators are trained to ensure that everyone has a say, and no single view-point dominates the discussion.
We ensure you get value from your meetings and workshops by providing you with actionable documentation of workshop outcomes. This includes a summary of the discussion and outcomes of each session and the agreed next steps, so that no decisions get lost and you can implement your plans immediately.
External facilitation reduces the risk that the investment of your staff’s time will be wasted. Workshops have an opportunity cost; we help reduce the risk. Spending a day out of the office for senior team members is costly. We ensure you will get the best out of your team and ensure we harness the skills and expertise in the room.
Unlocking additional value
A well run, well facilitated workshop will have side-benefits far greater than meeting and exceeding workshop outcomes. We call these the serendipities of workshop. ’…that was the best conversation I’ve seen this board have in nine years in my role.’ Last week a new director of a social enterprise board said: ‘that was the best induction I could have had.’